So, this last weekend has got to be the busiest one with the most unrelated events I have ever had. OK, maybe not ever but the most in my current memory buffer. Having Halloween on a weekend is harsh.
Friday at work, I wore my grandmother’s suit from the 40s. I love this suit and it looked pretty good. People didn’t realize that I was in costume until I told them. Not surprising since this is a level I will do on “normal” days as well. Gee, Gina doing a subtle costume, imagine that.
Friday night was the Skylab party and the theme was 50s B horror and scifi movies. I dressed up as the Evil Ant Queen. My shtick was that II produce eggs (deviled eggs, pesto – sun dried tomato pesto – regular deviled, there is a reason I am so booked on time), eat one and become my minion. I had a nice time hanging with friends I have developed over this last year and even got a few interesting things at the Skylab auction to give away for Xmas.
Saturday morning/afternoon had me running around town trying to find things for the picnic Sunday and not finding what I want. I ended up making more food, and packing my Sat costume, sleep over stuff, sunday picnic food and utensils, and my sunday costume and heading over the Palazzo (home of the Danger Twins). We finished up the Valkyrie costumes and we looked great. Off to Gaskells we go. I didn’t get to dance as much as I wanted to. Besides, I had only 4 hours of sleep and was getting tired. The evening ended early due to someone not feeling well, and while I am saddened that they felt so awful, I did appreciate the earlier end to the evening.
Sunday morning we got up and thanks to the time change, got to the cemetery on time to set up. I was actually excited. Fresne blew up balloons while I attempted to put up signs. Then we took some pictures and started laying out the picnic stuff. More people arrived over the day, I think around 20. I managed not to do my normal “everyone is here because of me so I need to be sure everyone is taken care of” freak. People had a lovely time. I had a lovely time. It was a nice day. Sun, shade, not to hot. The site was lovely. Very good picnic. I love the fact that all of my friends (except those that decided to take pictures instead of participate) were willing and eager to go into an empty tomb for a group shot. *sigh* I love the type of people my friends are. And to add just the right tough of surreal, as we were gathering up the last of the picnic, only something like 6 of us left, this couple that had been driving around in an old and interesting saab stopped near us. The woman got out and walked up to me and presented me with a headless baby doll. With no words she went back to the car and they drove off. It was delightful and weird. Why me instead of fresne or one of the others is still a mystery. Maybe because I was the most colorful.
I talked with dkferret for hours afterwards and then went home to get a little rest. Thank god for that time change. That night was Rosin Coven, DJs from New Wave City, Dark Sparkle and Death Guild at the DNA Lounge. Fresne, capricious-K and I did our Dark Alice set, goth Alice, the Red queen, and the black rabbit. WinterO looked good in basic black with that delightful flowing coat of his. I like Rosin Coven but they are close to the edge for me. Some of there stuff is great, other stuff is beyond me. This time they did a parody of Spinal Tap and played Bun Henge setting a Stonehenge set up made of hot dog buns on fire, as well as the wig the xylophonist was wearing. High entertainment. I walked Fresne to her car, got dropped off at mine and after a look at what I was leaving behind, I headed home. Halloween was done.
My weekend continued though. I had the next day off and after dropping my car off at the shop, capricious_k and I went shopping. Nov 1st is my first requested vacation day in January. This is my Sale day. While capricious_k didn’t find much to tempt her, I dropped $80 on things I have been wanting for quite some time. I am very happy with my purchases. Some are for the car. Some are for me and only a few are for actual costume type stuff. After a full day of shopping, crashing at home Monday night was delightful. But I still had things to get ready. I went through the election crap and got informed and made my choices and finished my mom’s birthday and Xmas presents.
Tues saw me walking to the polling place in the morning to do my part. After that, I rented a car. I am very please with Enterprise and highly recommend the Berkeley one. A few errands later, I headed to the airport to visit with my mom during her layover on the way to Bali. My mom and I are not getting along all that well but we did ok. A shopping trip to Chinatown, soup at La Central, a quick visit to Grace Cathedral and petting pomeranians in the park, dinner at chilis and back to the airport for her flight out. I am very pleased that we managed to have a day together and mostly avoided getting snippy. I got home at 10:30pm. The next day was work and I just wanted another day off to recover from my long weekend.
Yes it has taken me days to get this written. Life is so rough, *le sigh*